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Crestworth Elementary Teacher Collects $25,000 Milken Prize in Los Angeles

The 2023 Milken Educator Award recipients were lauded during a recent three-day national forum in Los Angeles. Included in that number was Derrick Winn, a math and science teacher at Crestworth Elementary School.

Winn learned of his Milken honor in February during a surprise assembly at Crestworth. At the forum, he was among those receiving the $25,000 prize from Milken Educator Awards founder Lowell Milken and Milken Family Foundation co-founder and President Mike Milken.

For the 2023-24 school year, 68 Milken Educators received the awards as part of the Milken Family Foundation鈥檚 journey to the 3,000th Milken Educator. 2024 will reach $75 million in individual financial prizes spanning the length of the initiative and more than $144 million invested in the Milken Educator Award national network overall.

The theme for this year’s forum was “Unleashing Educator Leaders.”

Recipients met with veteran Milken Educators and education leaders from across the country to begin their lifetime membership to the national Milken Educator network.

Learn more about the Milken Family Foundation at

Four new magnet programs added to 皇家华人 Schools

The 皇家华人 is adding four new magnet programs, thanks to a $15 million grant from the Magnet Schools Assistance Programs. McKinley Elementary, Broadmoor Elementary, BR (School of the Arts) Conservatory and McKinley High are the four district schools selected for transformative magnet program development.

鈥淲e are thrilled for yet another opportunity to implement innovative programs,” said interim聽Superintendent Adam Smith. “Executive聽Director Theresa Porter and her team have an excellent track record for implementing innovative programs, and this grant is instrumental for the district to add to the menu of school choices for our students.鈥

Each school will feature a visual and performing arts theme emphasizing broadcast journalism. In addition, the program at McKinley High will feature a Teaching Training Center.

There are no academic requirements for these programs. The聽district will begin accepting applications for McKinley Elementary, Broadmoor Elementary and McKinley High programs on Monday, May 27. Applications聽for the BR Conservatory will be available during the first application period in the fall.

皇家华人PSS Summer Meals Program to offer free breakfast and lunch

The 皇家华人, the Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and OneRouge CAF脡 are partnering in a free summer meals program and an interactive online map with locations of numerous feeding sites in the community.

Families can find convenient locations on the 皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Sites interactive map. The 2024 皇家华人PSS Summer Meals Program will provide free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 years and younger from May 28 to Aug. 2.

“We are excited to share with our community our dedication to ensuring that all children are provided fresh, delicious, and nutritious meals all year, including during the summer when children are more likely to go hungry,” said Dr. Nichola Hall, chief human resources officer of the 皇家华人PSS Child Nutrition Program.

“Summer should be a time of enjoyment, not spent worrying about where the next meal will come from,” Broome said. “The 皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Program reflects a collective commitment to the well-being of Baton Rouge students, providing them with access to nourishing meals essential for their growth and development. This program helps ensure that no child in our community faces hunger during the summer months.”

Families can access free meals for their children in several ways this summer: 皇家华人PSS Summer Meals: No application is required, and drop-ins are encouraged! Meals are provided on-site Monday through Thursday, excluding Monday, June 17, and Thursday, July 4.

Families can find a convenient location at聽皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Sites.聽 Rural Site Brunch Kits:聽Families must preregister (link here). On Mondays and Thursdays, three- and聽four-day brunch kits can be picked up at Northeast Elementary School in Pride. Meals on the Geaux: This 鈥淢eals on the Geaux鈥澛爏ervice is offered at select housing authorities and libraries throughout Baton Rouge.聽Meals must be consumed onsite. No application is required. Check the聽皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Meals on the Geaux list聽for specific dates and times. SUN Bucks, also known as Summer EBT:聽This SNAP program provides school-aged children additional benefits to purchase healthy food.

For more information, visit the Department of Children & Family Services at .

Families are encouraged to participate in the 皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Programs and use SUN Bucks to help ensure children have access to healthy and nutritious meals during the summer.

The 皇家华人PSS Summer Feeding Program is supported by partners like OneRouge and its Capital Area Food Equity (CAF脡) Coalition, along with the city of Baton Rouge. These partners help increase awareness of the program and ensure that families are informed about the resources available, including locations and operating hours of summer feeding sites.

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Westdale’s Madilyn Whitmore selected Louisiana Middle School Student of Year

Westdale Middle聽School’s聽Madilyn Nichole Whitmore is聽the Louisiana Middle School Student of the Year winner! This聽bilingual excels academically and as a leader in her school student government association, soccer, track, and STEM competition team. Three years ago, concerned for the health of her Goldendoodle pet, this young entrepreneur created a successful dog treat business. Whitmore聽wants to pursue a career as a biochemist or biomedical engineer after completing studies at either Harvard University, Spelman College, Stanford University聽or聽Howard University.聽鈥淚t is the progress, not the perfection,”聽she said.

– Louisiana Department of Education    

皇家华人 student awarded, garners national attention for generosity

A dollar bill has gone a long way and garnered national recognition for one 皇家华人 Schools student. Kelvin Ellis was recently featured on the “CBS Evening News” segment “On the Road.” Nine-year-old Kelvin was rewarded after generously giving his only dollar 鈥 part of the money he had earned for good grades 鈥 to a man he thought was homeless. Congratulations, Kelvin, for your kind and inspiring example.

Westdale Middle School magnet program, teacher honored聽

The Westdale Middle World Language Immersion Magnet program聽was recognized聽as the Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and聽theme-based聽schools.聽

Westdale Middle World Language Immersion Magnet is a middle school program serving sixth to eighth grades in the 皇家华人.

 With a magnet component of World Language Immersion, students are able to study all academic classes in one of three languages: French, Mandarin or Spanish. 

Westdale Middle is also proud to announce Cristina Manzanares Mariscal as the National Magnet Teacher of the Year. In addition to these distinguishments, Mandarin Immersion students of Westdale Middle made history as the first students to present at the National Conference on Magnet Schools. 

Presentation of Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence Award:聽

Westdale was recognized and received the Top Merit Magnet Program of Excellence Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at the National Conference on Magnet Schools on April 16-19 in New York City.聽

To聽receive a national merit award,聽members of聽Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that聽is scored聽by a trained panel of readers.聽These聽schools are reviewed and awarded points on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic聽achievement;聽promote racial and socioeconomic聽diversity;聽provide integrated curricula and聽instruction;聽and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school鈥檚 magnet theme.聽

To learn more about MSA and the national merit awards program, visit www.magnet.edu.